Vardy breaks the record as Leicester hold United

Leicester City 1:1 Manchester United

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Jamie Vardy broke the Premier League record, scoring in his 11th consecutive game, as City drew 1-1 with Manchester United at the King Power Stadium on Saturday evening.

Claudio Ranieri made one change for this high-profile 1st v 2nd meeting with Okazaki replacing Ulloa up front.
In a tight opening spell, Rooney failed to test Schmeichel with a couple of efforts, while Kanté had a shot deflected wide.
City then took a 24th minute lead with an historic goal that nearly lifted the roof off the KPS.

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Schmeichel claimed the ball from a corner and sent Fuchs off down the right. The Austrian sent a perfectly-weighted ball forward to Vardy who produced a lethal finish to beat De Gea and claim his record-breaking 11th strike in 11 games.
After the celebrations had eventually died down City pressed forward looking to extend their lead and Mahrez was involved in a superb move with Okazaki, but couldn’t beat De Gea at his near post.
Schmeichel then did well to block a Martial effort with his legs, but City couldn’t preserve their lead to the break.
With seconds of the first half remaining Blind delivered a corner from the right and Schweinsteiger won a wrestling match with  Okazaki giving himself room to head past Schmeichel and level the contest.

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The second half saw the game tighten up still further and there were few chances. Schmeichel denied Schweinsteiger with a good save soon after the break, before the game got bogged down in midfield.
Ulloa replaced Okazaki on the hour and was soon presented with a chance after a superb Mahrez run and cross from the right. The Argentinian cut inside his marker well but could beat De Gea with his low shot.
Ulloa then sent another chance well over, much to his own frustration.

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At the other end Huth blocked a Mata shot and Depay fired over, but neither side really looked like conceding another and a draw was a fair result.

Although Leicester lost their top spot to Manchester City on goal difference, it was a proud night for the club… congratulations to Jamie Vardy.
Claudio Ranieri praised his prolific striker: “It’s an incredible achievement but also fantastic for football and for the player because four years ago Jamie played in non-league. It’s difficult to grow up so quickly and this fantastic man is not only our goalscorer but he’s very, very good because he presses and works hard.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson (De Laet 80), Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez, Kanté, Drinkwater, Albrighton (Schlupp 70) , Okazaki (Ulloa 61), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Schwarzer, Inler, King, Dyer.
United: De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, McNair, Blind, Mata, Carrick, Schweinsteiger, Young, Rooney (Depay 68), Martial. Subs Not Used: Romero, Fellaini, Schneiderlin, Rashford, Borthwick-Jackson, Pereira.

Referee: C Pawson. Attendance: 32,115.

ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber
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Vardy makes history as Leicester go top

Newcastle United 0:3 Leicester City

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On an incredible day for Leicester fans Jamie Vardy equalled the record of ten Premier League goals in consecutive games, and City moved back to the top of the table with a 3-0 win over Newcastle United at St James Park.

With Vardy recovering from the injury that kept him out of last week’s England games, Claudio Ranieri made one change to his side with Ulloa in for Schlupp.
City stamped their authority on the game from the early stages but couldn’t convert their chances.
Vardy’s darting run down the left saw his shot blocked, while a fine save from Elliott denied Ulloa from close in.
United rarely threatened Schmeichel’s goal, and Perez fired a rare chance well over.
Five minutes before the break Vardy forced a good save from Elliott, and then Ulloa headed just over from the resulting corner.
It looked as though the sides would go in goalless at half-time, but Vardy struck with the last attack of the half to spark wild scenes of celebration in the away section way up in the huge Leazes Stand.
Vardy charged down the left, and found Ulloa with a pass. The Argentinian returned it with a perfect pass and Vardy timed his run beautifully to beat the offside trap. He then cut inside Sissoko before firing a low shot just inside Elliott’s near post, equalling Ruud van Nistilrooy’s record of ten goals in ten successive Premier League games.

City continued to press forward in the second half and Vardy almost got another on the hour when he seized on a great ball from Mahrez but saw his fierce shot smack against the bar.
Two minutes later it was 2-0 when Mahrez took his time to deliver a perfect cross that picked out an unmarked Ulloa at the far post and his diving header beat the exposed Elliott.
United’s first on-target effort from Wijnaldum was then cleared off the line by Drinkwater.
Vardy then ran almost the length of the field and bore down on goal but showed too much of the ball to Elliott, who came smartly off his line.
Ranieri brought Okazaki on for Ulloa and then King replaced Vardy who was given an ovation not only from the away fans but also the sporting home crowd.
Albrighton and Mahrez both had near misses, but City were not to be denied a third goal.
In the 83rd minute Albrighton found Mahrez in the area but his shot was saved by Elliott. The ball looped into the air and landed in front of Okazaki a yard out. He missed his first header, sent his second into the ground and then, third time lucky, prodded the ball over the line with a grin as wide as the Tyne.
The final whistle confirmed City’s position at the summit of English football, but Claudio Ranieri still had his feet on the ground: “We’re top of the league but it’s not important now. I want to see the horses at the end of the race. Now is not important. What’s important for us is we have 28 fewer points to achieve our goal [of 40 points]. Now we are very focused on our goal.” 

Newcastle: Elliot, Janmaat, Coloccini, Mbemba, Dummett, Sissoko, Anita, Tiote (Thauvin (20), Wijnaldum, Perez (de Jong 81), Mitrovic (Cisse 62). Subs Not Used: Gouffran, Lascelles, Woodman, Sherry.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Mahrez (Dyer 88), Kanté, Drinkwater, Albrighton, Ulloa (Okazaki 72), Vardy (King 77). Subs Not Used: De Laet, Schlupp, Schwarzer, Inler.

Referee: M Jones. Attendance: 50,151.

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Vardy on Cloud Nine as Leicester draw level with leaders.

Leicester City 2:1 Watford

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A 2-1 victory over Watford in the Remembrance Day fixture at the KPS saw Jamie Vardy make history, becoming the only Englishman ever to score in nine consecutive Premier League games.

In what is now a well-established tradition the match ball was delivered by helicopter from RAF Shawbury, while the usual ‘clappers’ doubled up as fantastic crowd mosaic poppy held aloft during the ‘Last post’.

Claudio Ranieri made one change to his side with Fuchs regaining his starting place and Ulloa returning to the bench.

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In a cagey start to the game there were few chances. Capoue forced a save from Schmeichel, while at the other end Gomes got down well to a well-struck Albrighton effort.
The first real chance fell to the Hornets in the 20th minute. Ighalo fired a fine effort against the right hand post, and then Abdi latched on to the rebound but Schmeichel had recovered well to save.
Watford had City pretty much worked out for the rest of the half, without venturing too far forward themselves. Gomes dealt comfortably with shots from Albrighton and Vardy and the sides went in goalless at the break.

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Ranieri made a change at half-time, bringing on Okazaki for Schlupp and it soon paid dividends with City taking a 52nd minute lead. Kanté’s neat side-step took him into the penalty area, but he was faced with too many defenders for anything to be on. He resorted to a toe-poke with no pace on it and watched on as Gomes somehow allowed though his grasp for the ball to trundle slowly over the line for the Frenchman’s first goal for City.
Although Nyon sent a shot narrowly over Schmeichel’s bar City were soon on the attack again. Vardy had a fierce effort blocked and then Morgan headed over from a corner.
There was a nervous moment when Vardy went down injured, but he recovered to take his place in history.
Running onto a ball from Morgan he was sent cartwheeling by a clumsy Gomes challenge just inside the area.
As Vardy hadn’t been running directly at goal the Brazilian keeper escaped with a yellow card. Although regular penalty taker Mahrez picked the ball up he soon handed it over to Vardy, who made no mistake crashing the ball past Gomes for his ninth goal in consecutive games and 12th of the season.

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Any thoughts of a relaxing final 15 minutes were dispelled when Kanté brought Paredes down in the area and Deeney slotted the penalty kick home. But the Hornets never managed to apply any concerted pressure and a Schmeichel save from Deeney was the nearest they got. At the other end Mahrez forced a good save from Gomes before being given a fine standing ovation as he made way for Dyer late on, possibly for his standing aside at the penalty as much as his performance.

Claudio Ranieri commented: “They are all real friends, everybody understands the project. It is a very strong group, a friendly group and there is a good spirit in the group. When we get the penalty Riyad Mahrez gives Jamie the ball and says, ‘come on, score’. It was a lovely moment. Jamie wanted to score. It is so good for him to be scoring goals. Van Nistelrooy was a truly fantastic striker and Jamie has everything to reach that quality.”

On Saturday evening City were level on points with Manchester City and Arsenal at the top of the table.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Drinkwater (King 90), Kanté, Schlupp (Okazaki 46), Albrighton, Mahrez (Dyer 84), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Ulloa, Benalouane, Schwarzer, Inler.
Watford: Gomes, Nyon (Diamanti 76), Britos, Deeney, Cathcart, Aké, Anya, Abdi, Watson, Ighalo, Capoue (Paredes 70). Subs Not Used: Prödl, Behrami, Guedioura, Holebas, Arlauskis.

Referee: R East. Attendance: 32,029.

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Vardy scoring streak continues as Leicester win at West Brom

West Bromwich Albion 2:3 Leicester City

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Claudio Ranieri made one change to his side with Ulloa coming in for the injured Fuchs, partnering Vardy up front.
Vardy nearly added to his hugely impressive scoring run in the 8th minute, turning Evans inside-out down the left before firing a low shot against the near post.
City continued to press forward using the flanks, but they couldn’t undo a tight West Brom defence who have six clean sheets this season.
On the half hour Albion then drew first blood from a corner. Sessegnon’s flag kick was delivered from the left and Rondon’s angled header beat Schmeichel at the near post.
City continued to attack, but found solid resistance and Vardy, Abrighton and Drinkwater all had fierce shots blocked by defenders, before Myhill made a good save from Ulloa.
For all their dominance in midfield and attacking play, City found themselves a goal down at half time.

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After a spell of Albion pressure early in the second half City struck back in the 57th minute.
Albrighton delivered a lofted ball in from the left and Mahrez had ghosted in behind the home defence for a simple finish past Myhill from close in. Where bashing on the door of Albion’s stout defence failed, Mahrez had sneaked in and picked the lock.
After Vardy had gone close with a backheel from a Schlupp cutrback, Albrighton and Mahrez repeated their trick in the 65th minute. This time from the right flank, Albrighton’s cross again found Mahrez at the far post with the Albion defence seemingly powerless to prevent him stroking home his 7th goal of the season.

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With City now ahead Ranieri made a couple of changes, bringing King on for Ulloa and then Dyer for Albrighton.
And City soon extended their lead with a superb 77th minute goal from Vardy.
A ball out of City’s defence found the England striker in the centre-circle, and he laid it off to Drinkwater before charging forward. Drinkwater delivered a perfect pass for Vardy to run on to and he accelerated away from three Albion defenders before crashing the ball across Myhill for his 8th goal in 8 consecutive Premier League games.
Albion reined City’s lead back to a single goal in the 84th minute when McManaman was brought down in the area by Dyer. Although it looked as though the Albion player may have been looking for Dyer’s leg to trip over it was a case of rough justice after an earlier incident had seen Huth flatten Fletcher in the area. Lambert sent Schmeichel the wrong way with his spot kick to make for a nervy closing spell. The fresh legs of Okazaki replaced Drinkwater and Schmeichel got down well to smother a Lambert effort that ended up in the side-netting.

The final whistle saw City in third place as the season moved into November.
If the supporters were in dreamland, Claudio Ranieri was keeping his feet planted on the floor: “I believe everything is possible with this team because they have amazing character. In this moment, I think just about 40 points. My mind is on achieving 40 points as soon as possible. Then we’ll see which month we are in and what games are left.”

West Brom: Myhill, Dawson, McAuley, Evans, Brunt (McManaman 82), Fletcher, Yacob (Morrison 76), McClean, Sessegnon, Berahino (Lambert 76), Rondon. Subs Not Used: Lindegaard, Olsson, Chester, Gardner.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Schlupp, Albrighton (Dyer 76), Drinkwater (Okazaki 87), Kanté, Mahrez, Ulloa (King 69), Vardy. Subs Not Used: De Laet, Chilwell, Schwarzer, Inler.

Referee: A Taylor. Attendance: 24,150.

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Tigers beat Foxes in penalty shoot-out

Hull City 1:1 Leicester City (5:4 on pens)

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Leicester were knocked out of the League Cup at the fourth round stage at Hull on Tuesday night, despite taking an extra-time lead through Riyad Mahrez…

Claudio Ranieri stuck to his League Cup policy of giving those players who aren’t making the first team a run out, which meant 10 changes for this trip to Hull, with Ben Chilwell making his debut at left-back.

City went close within a minute of the kick-off when Kramarić fired a long range effort narrowly wide, but then there was a scare at the other end when Luer should have opened the scoring for the Tigers but placed his shot from close range too near De Laet, allowing Schwarzer to gather.
Soon after, Maloney sent his effort into the side-netting as the Championship side threatened again.
The game then got bogged down in midfield with few chances before Diamé sent a shot well over when well placed just before the break.

The stalemate continued into the second half and, after Diamé and Taylor both went close for Hull, Ranieri took action in the 65th minute – Kramarić and Okazaki making way for Drinkwater and Vardy.
This gave City a livelier outlook and Vardy set up Dodoo but he shot wide.
After Albrighton saw his cross for Vardy intercepted by keeper Jakupović, Ranieri made a further change, bringing on Mahrez for Dodoo as City attempted to avoid extra-time.
Hernández forced a good save from Schwarzer, and then Inler fired wide, meaning an additional thirty minutes.

City finally broke the deadlock in the 100th minute… with loud home appeals for a penalty still ringing out Drinkwater broke swiftly upfield and set up Vardy whose shot was saved by Jakupović, but the rebound fell for Mahrez who stroked it home to the delight of the large travelling support.
However this lead only lasted 5 minutes as Hull levelled just before the extra-time break. Akpom’s low shot was blocked by Schwarzer but only as far as Hernández, who couldn’t miss from within the six yard box.
The second spell of extra time couldn’t separate the sides and we entered a penalty shoot-out…

It didn’t start well when Mahrez had his spot-kick saved, and City never got the opportunity to come back.
Although Drinkwater, Inler, Wasilewski and Vardy all found the net, Hull struck 5 out of 5 to take their place in the quarter finals…

Hull: Jakupović, Odubajo, Taylor (Hernández 79), Huddlestone, Maguire, Maloney, Diamé (Meyler 110), Hayden, Dawson, Robertson, Luer (Akpom 74). Subs Not Used: McGregor, Bruce, Clucas, Elmohamady.
Leicester: Schwarzer, De Laet, Benalouane, Wasilewski, Chilwell, Dodoo (Mahrez 84), Inler, King, Albrighton, Kramarić (Drinkwater 65), Okazaki (Vardy 65). Subs Not Used: Schmeichel, Morgan, Simpson, Blyth.

Referee: Mr. S. Attwell. Attendance: 16,818. 

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Leicester see off Palace with record-breaking Vardy goal

Leicester City 1:0 Crystal Palace

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Jamie Vardy scored the only goal of a tough contest against Palace at the KPS on Saturday, so becoming the first City player ever to score in seven consecutive top-flight games…

Claudio Ranieri made one change to his side with Mahrez in for Okazaki and they enjoyed a fine opening spell that had Palace on the back foot.
In the 8th minute Albrighton cut in from the right and hit the inside of the far post with a shot across goal. The rebound fell for Mahrez who stroked it a foot wide of the same post.
Mahrez then tested Hennessey with a 20-yarder before Kanté fired over from the edge of the box.
Drinkwater struck a decent half-volley from distance but Hennessey was right behind it.
Palace then had a rare sortie upfield but good work from Morgan and Huth prevented Bolasie from feeding a ball to Campbell in a dangerous position.
The game then settled down with Palace sitting deep to snuff out City’s counter-attacking game and a Schmeichel save from Cabaye ensured a goalless scoreline at the break.

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The second half saw a hard-fought battle all over the pitch and chances were few.
Schlupp sent an effort narrowly wide, but then City pounced on an error to break the deadlock on the hour.
Hangeland’s misdirected pass out of defence fell for Mahrez, who sent Vardy through on goal.
Vardy, under pressure from a defender and with the keeper racing out to meet him, showed great presence of mind to lift the ball over Hennessey before smashing it home from close range.
A huge roar greeted this goal, partly in acknowledgement of how tough a game this was.

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Palace, now forced onto the offensive, looked threatening for a long spell.
Schmeichel made a save from Sako and then it was all hands on deck for a while as the City keeper made a good save from Bamford and Fuchs headed Dann’s effort away from under the bar.
City weathered this late storm, aided by Ranieri whipping the crowd into a frenzy as the game entered four minutes of injury time, to claim all three points.

Jamie Vardy joined an exclusive club of players who have scored in 7 consective Premier League games, while City opened up a four point gap on sixth place.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Albrighton (Okazaki 63), Kanté, Drinkwater, Schlupp, Mahrez (Dyer 79), Vardy. Subs Not Used: De Laet, King, Kramarić, Schwarzer, Inler.
Palace: Hennessey, Mariappa (Jedinak 76), Hangeland, Dann, Kelly, Cabaye, , Bolasie, McArthur, Puncheon (Zaha 68), Campbell (Bamford 57), Sako. Subs Not Used: Speroni, Mutch, Delaney, Ledley.

Referee: Mike Dean. Attendance: 31,752.

ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber


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